Meth arrest lands Pasco man in jail

OSP News Release -- A Pasco, Washington man was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) along Interstate 84 about two miles east of La Grande when troopers found over 1/2 pound of methamphetamine inside his vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

According Lieutenant Dave Macmaniman, on May 3, 2012 at approximately 12:01 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado pickup displaying Washington license plates for a traffic violation eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 263. The occupant was identified as driver, WILLIAM BENITEZ-CEBRERO, age 28, from Pasco Washington.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of over 1/2 pound of methamphetamine inside the pickup. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $13,000.

BENITEZ-CEBRERO was arrested and lodged in the Union County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.